Happy Halloween! This is Costume #1, aka the Low-Maintenance Costume, which I am wearing to my class this afternoon. Just the ears, and then my regular Gina clothes (a scoop-neck shirt & denim miniskirt & primas — I am realizing that I have a bit of a uniform, these days).Stay tuned for Costume #2, which will debut tonight. (“That Hansel’s so hot right now.”)

Happy Halloween! This is Costume #1, aka the Low-Maintenance Costume, which I am wearing to my class this afternoon. Just the ears, and then my regular Gina clothes (a scoop-neck shirt & denim miniskirt & primas — I am realizing that I have a bit of a uniform, these days).

Stay tuned for Costume #2, which will debut tonight. (“That Hansel’s so hot right now.”)

Surprize Deliciousness & Notes from Stressytown

Tempeh + sweet potato + scallions + kale + spinach fusilli = AMAZINGLY DELICIOUS. I make variations on this stirfry a bunch, and it’s never been bad. But this batch is like there’s a party in my mouth where everyone’s invited. How is this so delicious?!

I cooked the tempeh, sweet potatoes, and scallions on a high heat, for a long time — I was actually worried I might burn them. But instead the tempeh is crispy and perfect and the sweet potato and scallions are caramelized (but not mushy). I put the kale in last, cooked it with the other stuff on a low heat so that its texture is more like massaged kale than stir-fried kale. Usually I put some kind of pesto or sauce on stirfries like this, but this doesn’t even need it.

In other news:
I’ve been living in Stressytown the past few weeks. School is kicking my ass, and my cat has also been missing since late Monday night. I’m canvassing my whole neighborhood, talking to neighbors, putting up posters, etc. I have faith that she is okay and that I will find her, but I’m pretty bummed about this. Please think good thoughts for Vajra to come home. :(

As for school: I haven’t reached the point in the semester where I watch “I’m On A Boat” 37 times a day (I know that will happen, though). But I’m pretty buried in work/writing; I’ve got a chapter due, uh, tomorrow, and then another one due next Thursday. And I’ve gotten into a pattern of forgetting to eat and/or buying food out because cooking feels stressful/like a time suck. Which is the worst thing ever, esp. for someone who loves cooking as much as I do, and who likes to cook as stress relief. You know that thing where you skip breakfast because you’re so stressed you forget to eat, and then you have half a burrito for lunch, and the other half for dinner? Totally been doing that! :( So not good for me for so many reasons!

So, this morning, instead of forgetting to eat breakfast and jumping straight into homework, I ate an actual breakfast (just hippie corn flakes, but that is better than nothing), and cooked enough of the aforementioned stirfry to last me for a few days. So necessary for my mental health. I’m also looking forward to the long bike ride I have planned for Sunday.

That’s kinda all the news that’s fit to print. School/writing, work, remembering to do things like cook and ride my bike, trying to squeeze in time with friends & sweeties. Life’s mostly very good — it’s just overflowing a little.